Developing a foolproof backup system for any PC is a very exacting
(I've been setting up backup systems for home and business for almost
There is NO WAY you can have a good backup if it's on the same drive as
At least two drives are required. Or, your main drive and some other
A backup to a second partition on the main drive is NO backup at all
when the drive squalls, balls and smokes! YES, that really does
A Second Drive is required for a really safe backup. That can be
another internal hard drive, or an external drive. It can even be a
burned Image of your OS drive, on a DVD.
But whatever the backup media, it should be able to do a full restore
to a new HD, in case that the original drive is no longer operable.
I've been using Ghost since it was first released in 1997, long before
it was purchased by Symantec. (Norton)
I can do quickie backups of my C: partition to my D: partition in just
over five minutes. That's a compressed Image File of C:. I can store
many such images on my D: drive that's four times the size of my C:
drive. (Same drive, two partitions.)
If something happens on my C: drive that a System Restore can't fix, I
do a quick "Image to Partition" Restore and in about six minutes my C:
drive is restored and I'm back in operation.
So what do I do if my main HD totally shoots craps?
WELL, once a week I do a Disk Image of C: to a DVD. Ghost puts itself
on the DVD, in the boot sector, thus making my restore DVD boot to
Toshiba's System Restore DVD is made this way, using Norton's Ghost.
I can boot up my system with that DVD and do my Restore, to a brand new
HD if necessary.
For many years I've repeated the saying, "The only bad backup is the
one you decided NOT to make".
If you want a FREE program to do full disk backups, the "MaxBlast" or
"SeaTools" programs are the ticket. They are almost identical and
written by "Acronis True Image" and both are available for download from
the Maxtor or Seagate web sites. I've tested both to make bootable
backups of Vista Ultimate, and they work just fine.
A person with experience, is never at the mercy of a person with an